Teeth are so important to your smile. Your smile is the key to a positive connection to others. That’s why taking good care of your teeth and mouth is so important. Just look at how big the dental industry is, there are dentists in every community, sometimes more than one. People have been getting their teeth looked at by a dentist since around the 1700s, which is quite a long time ago. Now just think about how long people have been getting their teeth serviced. Fluoride is not something new in mouth care, for this generation.
When I see someone and they smile at me with white teeth I think they take care of themselves. I also think they must brush their teeth, they must go to the dentist, they must floss, and they must use mouth wash, and they must have some knowledge of fluoride. However, this is not always the case and not everyone knows what fluoride is or why it is an important product to have. Lack of knowledge can sometimes lead to a negative opinion. This article will provide education and knowledge of fluoride, what it does and why it is good for you.
Fluorite is actually a naturally occurring mineral, and it is a chemical element that is crystalline in structure. It can be found through mining, located in the following countries: China, Mongolia, Russia, Mexico, and South Africa. The human body already contains .004%, naturally.
The excessive consumption of fluoride is what causes toxins and problems. Excess exposure can lead to bone disease, which can result in pain and damage to the bones and joints. It could also damage the thyroid and lead to hyperthyroidism, and cause issues to the bone and blood concentration of calcium. Excess calcium in the blood and depletion of calcium in the bone and is not the correct balance needed for regular function. It could cause Neurological problems such as cognitive abilities in children, and caution is advised to pregnant women and young children; if consumed in excess. If there are concerns about your fluoride consumption it would be best to ask for the recommended dose from a dentist and have it based on your life stage (including age and pregnancy).
Problems that can occur from excess fluoride are acne, cardiovascular problems, arteriosclerosis, arterial calcification, high blood pressure, myocardial damage, cardiac insufficiency, heart failure. reproductive issues, low fertility, early puberty in girls, thyroid dysfunction, conditions affecting the bones and joints, bone cancer, osteoarthritis, temporomandibular joint disorder, teeth staining, neurological problems, and possibly lead to Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder.
Symptoms of high exposure are abdominal pain, excessive saliva, nausea or vomiting, seizures, or muscle spasms.
Fluoride can be found in water, toothpaste, cement and filings, gels and mouthwashes, varnishes, floss, fluoride supplements, pesticides, waterproof and stain-resistant items, tap water, some foods, and natural water.
Fluoride does have benefits and when used in small amounts can be good for teeth. The following benefits are reduced tooth decay, cavity protection, decrease tooth problems, therefore, decreased dental costs, Tooth decay is a major problem, this is because humans are made naturally to chew, and break food down with our teeth, so having a little fluoride to prevent tooth decay could be beneficial in keeping the ability to chew. Who might fluoride be good for? It might be good for people who consume sugar. Sugar combined with saliva can create an acid, which can cause tooth decay. People need their teeth to be strong and working for a lot of reasons, our teeth also shape our face, change the way we speak.
A lot of industrialized countries add fluoride to their drinking water, which could be sustainable and not lead to further issues if additional vitamins are not added by the consumer. Consumption of other vitamins that are in water already can lead to overconsumption which can cause major health problems. Toothpaste brands like Colgate, Sensidine, Pro-namel, Enamel on, Biotene, Generic, Crest, and Aquafresh all have Fluoride in them. These are not mandatory products to use to keep your mouth healthy, and products without Fluoride are available like Arm & Hammer, Toms, and a lot of other new brands found in natural health food stores, some toothpaste can even be made at home.